Learning does not end in the classroom

By: Chris Peterson

How the lessons of camp go beyond the classroom

A memorable summer camp experience is always greater than the sum of its parts. Campers remember the friendship bracelets, kickball games, passing swimming levels, and being in a cabin with their peers.  While those are important memories for the campers, so are the lessons learned to make those memories. Developing lifelong friends can start with a friendship bracelet and learning sportsmanship can be done with a simple game of kickball. Building confidence can be as easy as passing a swim level and gaining independence can come with a few days living in a cabin. With learning experiences at every activity and moment during camp, it is hard to deny that children are put in an educational environment.

Camping is an extension of traditional education, offering different experiences for children to develop and learn about themselves. Where the school year ends the camping season begins. The American Camping Association says “camp is comprised almost entirely of ‘teachable moments’- moments when children are actively engaged and using creativity and cognitive skills.” Summer Camp is a hands-on learning environment, something that alters from the traditional learning experiences that children have become accustomed to. Many children who struggle with the classroom or traditional educational settings will often excel in this new educational setting. Children are given the opportunity to be kids while at camp. With no concern of grades they can just be themselves, this is often what allows the children to gain the great life experiences taught at the camp.

Cape Cod Sea Camps is the foundation for a child’s education during the summer but will not crumble after leaving.  It allows each camper the opportunity to excel and succeed, but the camper needs to follow through with that opportunity. Don’t expect camp to solve a problem such as developing social skills or sportsmanship. If the child is having trouble at home developing these skills it will often be hard at camp to do so as well. What camp can do is offer a different setting for children to explore their social comforts. If the child is willing and ready the camp will be there to support them in every step they take.

The summer will teach campers obvious and subtle lessons, often the campers won’t realize how important they will be. The common phrase, “you will understand when your older”, is most fitting for the camping experience. Camps are proud of their ability because they know the impact that they have on a child will last a lifetime.

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